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Bronco fans invited to free football rally in Grand Rapids

by Jeanne Baron

Aug. 23, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU Bronco fans.
Gear up, Bronco fans!
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--Western Michigan University fans will be rallying in Grand Rapids Wednesday, Aug. 31, to help gear up for the Broncos' football season opener against the University of Michigan.

The Stampede Pep Rally will have a tailgate atmosphere and feature complimentary food, entertainment, soft drinks and beer. The event is in preparation for the game between the WMU Broncos and U of M Wolverines slated for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

To kick off the rally, the nearly 300-member Bronco Marching Band will assemble at 5:15 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids and lead WMU fans and friends through the streets to the B.O.B--playing music all along the route.

The festivities will continue until 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the B.O.B., or Big Old Building, 20 Monroe Ave. NW. In addition to the marching band, several other representatives from WMU will be on hand to fire up rally participants during the evening. They include President John M. Dunn, head football Coach Bill Cubit, the Bronco Cheer and Dance teams, and mascot Buster Bronco.

The B.O.B. is one of Grand Rapids' hottest food and entertainment venues. Located in a four-story warehouse built in 1903--the same year WMU was founded--the structure houses several popular eateries and bars as well as a nightclub, comedy club and brewery.

Admission to the Stampede Pep Rally is free.

More information is available online, or by calling the Family Experience Office in the WMU Development Office at (269) 387- 8746. Visit to view the Bronco football schedule or purchase game tickets.